Keynote: Dr Karl

Tue 28 Aug, 10am
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Dr Karl is Australia's most beloved science journalist. As a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician with 43 books under his belt, he has a lot of knowledge to share. How do we and every other species continue to survive on this planet? What can we learn from other organisms about tenacity? And what is really out there in space anyway? Dr Karl explores the mysteries of life and survival in this first ever Schools' Program keynote. With Leena van Deventer.

Update to previously advertised information: Leena van Deventer replaces Amie Kaufman as chairperson of this event.


45 minutes

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Session Artists

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has written 43 science books and has a media career spanning more than 30 years. He has degrees in physics, maths, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery. His ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science.

Leena van Deventer is an award-winning game developer, teaching interactive storytelling at RMIT University and Victorian College of the Arts. She sits on the board at the Victorian Women’s Trust, and in 2013 founded WiDGET, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women and non-binary developers.

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